The last time Artem Lobov clashed with one of Connor McGregor's many rivals, McGregor jumped on an airplane from Ireland and created a UFC 223 mess in Brooklyn (as well as the biggest UFC pay-per-view of all time) . It was in April last year. One year later, when his teammate Lobov was at the end of Polly Malinagi's message at Bare Knuckle FC's press conference, McGregor did not go into action. After all, he retired from the dark trade and happily pushed the Irish whiskey.
So instead of gathering a monster squad to confront Malinagi, McGregor just published a series of photos from the scandalous sparring session a few years ago. he landed Malinagi strikes through an unattended installation of footage, and Malinagi seemed confused by the details as they unfolded.
If that's not enough, he's also shot Habib Nurmagomedov for a good measure, like a man with a deadly desire. Did not he learn anything from his relationship with Nurmagomedov? Does this crossing certain lines shoot right past the sport aspect and end in the darkest theaters? Few bad blood is good for fighting, but hate is as big as MacGregor's tastes. His readiness to go there is his unraveling.
And what is it about a lobster dust that ever brings MacGregor's ugliest side? Why are these things connected to each other?
From the point of view of the promotion, one thing is for sure ̵
This is a terrible mood.
For starters, although he has lost several battles lately, Jason Knight is a demon of southern fury. And they all look right alongside him. Why? Because there is gold, that's why.
Fighting Lobov-Malinagi in setup with bare bones is exactly exactly the way BKFC can be distinguished from its rivals in gloves. Pull together several connected forces that would otherwise never meet, and turn them to one another. Make it some kind of enclosure for family feuds, disputes about camps and vendettes. Lobov, who has achieved cult status as the irony "goat" of MMA, is a man of MacGregor who likes to destroy. That he is at the center of so many of McGregor's most unpleasant impulses, which gives him a shine. Malignaggi belongs to the boxing, in New York, and indeed to a different age. It's not just a return to the early days of boxing, it's a return to early animation. He is as polite as a tedious, usually irritating Mugsy.
That's why the clash on Tuesday was interesting. Malinagi knew he was going to meet with Lobov, and BKFC founder David Feldman did not keep them right when they started muttering to each other. He came nearer to make sure he would appear in the frame. Most people in their hands pulled out their mobile phones and started recording as they did when Nurmagomedov crossed the cage and tried to throw Dylan Dannis' head after UFC 229.
Malignia bounced quickly and Lobov was detained by revenge. Former UFC heavyweight Anthony Johnson – now ambassador of the BKFC brand – held Malignia while was recording on his phone.
All of this was implied in a well-known secret that UFC knew forever: Fighting with longing wants to resolve its conflicts, but positively thrives through expectation. The upcoming fight against Malinagi-Lobov was expected on Tuesday. She has gone from struggling with new things in a mysterious theater to a heated, obligatory struggle, no matter where it is. Of course, McGregor's courage is above all this, which can help any promotion only if there is interest (even if you are constantly injuring yourself through questionable actions). Malignaggi wants to hit McGregor, but he can not, so he will target his proxy. Lobov is too happy to work on the underground stage to cope with McGregor's dirty work, and he can do more than keep without gloves. Players may be different, but bad blood can be redistributed in equally satisfactory ways. It should not be a giant industry, but it can be a camp against a camp, a faction against a faction, a sport against sport.
BKFC was smart to take Malignaggi and Lobov out into the same room knowing that something was supposed to happen. Really. And the MMA panic may have discovered identity in this process.